Ruth 2:12 – “May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – We will never be disappointed by God when we look to Him for refuge.
My Advice – There are so many places you can go for answers and comfort. Many will disappoint you or let you down. Go to the one source, God, who will never disappoint you or let you down. You may get answers that you do not like, but you will never get answers that are wrong.
Weakest & Least
Judges 6:14-16 – “Go in the strength you have. Am not I sending you.” “But Lord,” Gideon asked, “how can I. My clan is the weakest and I am the least in my family.” The Lord answered, “I will be with you.”
My Musing – Even in our weakness (or especially in our weakness) we can overcome obstacles, barriers and adversaries. Even though we may be weak, we “go in the strength we have” because God goes with us.
My Advice – Do not be afraid to admit your weaknesses. But do not let those weaknesses be an excuse for not doing what you know God wants you to do. His strength is sufficient. It is, in fact, made perfect in our weaknesses. This is because we rely upon Him and not upon our self-sufficiency.
You Can Drive Them Out
Joshua 18:18 – “Though the Canaanites have iron chariots and though they are strong, you can drive them out.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – For most of us, the “Canaanites” that we face are those sins and habits that we want to hold onto, but deep down in our hearts we know that we should not hold onto. The desire to hold on (our sin nature) can be very strong, but not so strong that with the help of the Holy Spirit we cannot drive them out.
My Advice – Never let yourself become convinced that you cannot overcome a sinful habit or sinful nature. While it may seem like you will be going up against an “iron chariot” on foot, He who is in you is greater than any old iron chariot.
Is Your Backup In The Cloud?
Philippians 4:6, 7 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (NIV 1984)
Who’s got your back? As much as we want to be independent and self-sufficient, it is nice to know that someone has our back. But not just anyone, but rather someone who is both dependable and capable. For what good is backup if it cannot be relied upon to be there when needed, and also capable of providing the backup without “crashing?” For Christians, our backup is God. Not only is He dependable (always faithful), but He is capable (all powerful).
We also want personal attention. Not a “one-size reply all” type of attention. This too is something that we can count on from God. He knows all about us, every single detail and every single concern. For “[b]efore I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” (Jeremiah 1:5, NIV 1978). I like that.
Do Not Be Faint-Hearted
Deuteronomy 20:3, 4 – “Do not be faint-hearted or afraid; do not be terrified or give way to panic before them. For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – No matter what kind of foe we face, we need not be afraid because God goes with us to fight for us.
My Advice – Be confident. You are a child of God and He will always be with you. You may face much opposition, but He who is in you is greater than any opposition you will ever face.
Numbers 13:30 – Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – The people were looking at the obstacles and were fearful, discouraged and without hope. Caleb remembered what God had promised and where God was leading them and saw beyond the obstacles, because He believed God’s word was greater than the obstacles.
My Advice – Waiting is good when we do not know what God’s will is. But once we know what it is and that the time is right, we should follow His direction. Do this even when it looks risky or too hard. Do not be discouraged. Take possession. You can certainly do it if it is the Lord who is directing you.
Stand Firm & Be Still
Exodus 14:13, 14 – Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – You need only be still. Usually we either flee in fear, or plunge headlong and recklessly into danger. As a result, instead of never seeing the “Egyptians” again, we fail to see the deliverance that God intended.
My Advice – You will face many “Egyptians’ in life’s journey. You need neither face them down alone, nor will you need to flee from their face. Stand firm in the Lord and see how magnificently He delivers you. Once He delivers, you will never see them again. There may be others to take their place, but the God who delivers once, is more than able to deliver time and again.